Almost twelve months ago we floated an idea to our awesome play therapist
and then Team Ivy Day happened, where the amazing students and teachers from the high school my big kids attend,
raised an enormous amount of money to help get the bravery beads program up and running.
A few weeks ago, as Ivy went into surgery for the umpteenth time and Maddy was meeting her psychiatrist
the program was officially launched for the children who frequent the little medical ward that has become like Ivy’s second home.
Dave took all of our kids who weren’t admitted to hospital to join in.
It’s kind of a big deal in our world to see something like this come to fruition
and know that other children who go through similar ongoing trauma, like Ivy,
can see that they accomplish amazingly brave things every day.
It’s something that they will be able to look at and know
that each needle, each procedure, was something that they overcame
and that through all of the ugliness of hospital, something wonderful can evolve from it.
It’s taken a lot of work, determination and organisation to make it happen
but it’s officially a thing now
and I am proud to have played a small part in it.
It wouldn’t have been possible without our awesome play therapist and all of the nurses and specialists who worked on making it so
or without our wonderful friends at the high school,
which leaves me feeling very thankful indeed.
After the launch and after Ivy had recovered enough
she was presented with the first of her beads -
which was also kind of a big deal in our world
bringing happiness and courage and a knowledge that through bravery comes a certain kind of beauty
for our own brave girl as well.
with thanks to Dave for taking a million photos of the launch, so we didn’t have to miss out.